April 23rd, marks Shakespeare Day and it’s amazing that a playwright that lived so long ago still informs so much of our lives, from school to TV and even everyday banter. One thing that he doesn’t get considered in is travel arrangements, and maybe he should as after all, Shakespeare’s plays opened up a whole world for audiences who’d probably never even left London before. Here is our list of top locations Shakespeare set his plays in and who knows, maybe a little look at what he had to say about them will convince you that they’re the ideal place for your next holiday!
Shakespeare was a real fan of Italy, and many of his most famous plays are set there. Go to Verona to see Juliet’s balcony, or take a wander over the Rialto Bridge in Venice to get a feel for the setting of The Merchant of Venice. Head to Rome and the ancient forum for a taste of the environment in which Julius Caesar and Coriolanus met their grisly ends.
There’s still a tower in Cyprus that’s called the Othello’s Tower and it’s no surprise given that it remains one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. He couldn’t have chosen a better location to send his doomed hero Othello and his fleet than this hotbed of sun, sea and spectacular scenery that’s just made for a tale of high passion and even higher tempers.
All’s Well that Ends Well takes place in a series of locations including Roussillon and Marseilles but the best of all is Paris where Helena cures the king of his ailments and secures Bertram, who is none too happy about the arrangement. It’s the perfect place to live out your own love story so walk down the ancient streets that are just made for amour!
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is set in Athens. This farcical and fantastical love story of mistaken identity, love triangles and naughty nymphs should be more than enough to make Athens the next place you take a trip to. You can always stop in on the Acropolis too and get a feeling for the Greek soldiers he writes about in Troilus and Cressida.
Troilus and Cressida is considered to be one of Shakespeare’s problem plays but there’s nothing problematic about the location that Troy is believed to be today, the tourist haven of Turkey. You can go and see the site of the ancient city where Troilus and Cressida were meant to have fallen in love in while the battle of Troy raged around them. Be sure to visit Mount Ida, beloved by the gods and of course take a photo by the Trojan Horse.